Ep. 295: Is Two Months Enough to Improve 10 LSAT Points?
In this week's episode, Ben and Nathan dig through the listener mailbag, uncovering an Excuse of the Week, stress over multiple LSAC snafus, and an update from a former listener who took some—but not all—of their advice when applying to law school. They answer questions about reading comprehension, personal statements, and when to start prepping for the LSAT. They also tackle a Paradox question from PrepTest 73.
As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT, and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben.
Instagram (upcoming events)
04.30.2021 – Don’t miss out—it’s the incredibly early registration deadline for the June LSAT
06.12.2021 – Break out the short sleeves, it’s the June LSAT-Flex testing week!
2:50 – Excuse of the Week
Listener Jennifer took Ben and Nathan's advice to withdraw her applications and apply at the beginning of next cycle. She's on the right track—having taken the April LSAT and allowing time for a couple of retakes if her score doesn't match up to her expectations. However, she's planning to forfeit her shot at the June LSAT. What gives? Her rationale for skipping June is deemed this week's incidental Excuse of the Week. Jennifer seems to have the mistaken impression that "getting off the Colorado River the day before" precludes her from sitting for the June test. She says she'll just wait to take it again in August and October—not an ideal plan if your goal is to apply in early September. The guys remind Jennifer that they specifically advise people NOT to study on the day before the official test. If you were ready for the April LSAT, you're ready for June. Why not come home from your trip, get a good night's sleep, and take advantage of the opportunity to try again for your best score before applications open? August should be the backup plan, not October (when the application cycle is well underway). The good news is it's not too late to register for June. We hope Jennifer goes for it!
10:37 – Logical Reasoning Question 2 from LSAT PrepTest 73
In this LR passage, Jeneta makes the observation that when a salesperson thanks a customer for making a purchase, the customer—for some mysterious reason—also says “Thank you” instead of saying “You’re welcome.” Yet when a friend thanks a friend for a favor, the response is always “You’re welcome.” It's a paradox! Not really. Jeneta just lacks common sense. The guys explain the difference between two people thanking each other for a transaction and one person thanking another for a favor. Mystery solved.
26:56 – Processing Every Word
A asks for advice on how to ensure they are reading carefully enough and not missing any important details. Is slowing down and rereading everything the only solution? Ben describes his litmus test: After reading a sentence, try to translate the words into a visual concept. If you find yourself unable to do that, it probably means you didn't understand the sentence. So go back and dig in more. Nathan reminds us that the LSAT is, first and foremost, a test of reading comprehension. Lawyers aren't allowed to misread things. If you miss a question on the LSAT, it usually means you misread something. Figure out where you went wrong, and learn from your mistakes.
41:20 – Chair Fuss
Stephanie writes in about her mind-boggling experience taking the LSAT-Flex in Japan. She reserved a hotel room to take the test—specifically to satisfy ProctorU's requirement for an enclosed work area. One thing she did not anticipate, however, was being told by the proctor that the floor desk and cushion in her hotel room were against LSAC regulations. Because floor desks are the norm in Japan, "BYO chair" isn't something that was on Stephanie's mind before heading to the hotel. She pleaded with the proctor to no avail and was told that she would have to reschedule—"have a great day." Stephanie asked to talk to a manager. After two and a half hours of back-and-forth, ProctorU informed her that they received a response from LSAC granting her a coveted chair waiver. Stephanie was finally allowed to proceed with her exam, but she doesn't feel she performed her best. (Who can blame her after being put through such commotion.) Nathan and Ben help her weigh her options for filing a complaint and keeping or canceling her score.
58:30 – More on LSAC's New Testing Cycle